Category Archives: Fun with Statistics

How to Lie with Statistics

Steven Landsburg uncovers a whopper. Take a look at this graph for a second. Pay special attention to the right-hand y-axis. Then click on over to Landsburg’s blog post to find out what’s wrong with it.

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Misleading Statistics

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson won an executive-of-the-year award today.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Greg Bedard asks if it is a kiss of death for the team.

Let’s leave aside the fact that the award has no cause-and-effect relationship on the outcome of football games.

Bedard writes that in the year after winning the award, “Only four times in those 13 years did the executives win the Lombardi Trophy.”

There are 32 teams in the NFL. Only one of them can win the Super Bowl. That’s a 1-in-32 shot.

Call me crazy, but 4-in-13 actually sounds pretty good.